Harvey: Team win all that matters

May, 29, 2013

All that mattered to Matt Harvey was that his team got the win.

So said the right-hander after the Mets’ 2-1 comeback victory Tuesday against the Yankees spared Harvey his first 2013 defeat and instead saddled him with his sixth no-decision in his past seven starts.

Harvey has only one win since April 19 despite posting a 2.39 ERA during the seven-game stretch. The Mets have scored 11 total runs with Harvey in the game during his eight career no-decisions.

“Even if I don’t get the win, we’re winning as a team,” Harvey said. “That’s the biggest thing. Obviously I wish I could take the run back that I gave up. But the two runs that we got in the ninth is all that matters.”

Harvey hit his glove against the railing after returning to the dugout after giving up an RBI single to Lyle Overbay in the sixth. Harvey said the frustration was twofold: pitch selection and wanting to catch Overbay’s ball back up the middle.

“It was a bad pitch. I should have thrown him a fastball,” Harvey said. “I didn’t think it was a bad changeup. But as soon as I let it go, it was one of those I wished I could take back. I could kind of tell when I released it that he was waiting for it. I got a piece of the glove on it, and wish I had stuck it up a little quicker.”

Said Overbay: “He’s good. He commanded the fastball real well. It seemed like he was putting it where he wanted to. He didn’t make any mistakes with his off-speed. I mean, he used all four pitches. So it’s a battle when he’s got all four pitches working for him.”

Terry Collins suggested Harvey did not have his best stuff Tuesday. Still, Harvey limited the Yankees -- the team he cheered for as a child -- to one run in eight innings.

“It was awesome,” Harvey said about the two runs the Mets scored in the ninth inning against Mariano Rivera. “That was the first time I’ve seen Mariano from the dugout. To beat him like that -- I’m not knocking him in any way, shape or form -- but that was huge for us.”

Harvey, who brushed off getting struck with one comebacker, said he was impatient during the 91-minute rain delay that preceded the first pitch.

“I couldn’t sit still,” Harvey said. “I was probably making all the guys in here pretty angry with me jumping around.”

He also was pleased Dwight Gooden was in attendance to cheer him on, although the two did not speak Tuesday.

“It’s awesome. I can’t be more happy that he’s coming here,” Harvey said. “Like I’ve said before, I’ve watched him when I was younger. It’s pretty special to have him here to watch me.”
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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